June 25, 1917
The city of Montgomery submitted a bid to the War Department to create Camp Sheridan, a US army training facility during World War I. One of 3,000 planned military bases, Camp Sheridan eventually served as the training ground for 30,000 men of Ohio's 37th Infantry "Buckeye" Division, which embarked for France in June 1918. The camp then housed the newly-created 9th Infantry Division, including noted author Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1931, veterans of the 37th Infantry Division dedicated a memorial on the site fashioned out of native Ohio stone in recognition of the warm treatment they received in Montgomery.